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Sanjay Ravi headshotI’d like to welcome you to our August-September 2017 issue of Discrete Manufacturing News.

In this issue, we share the work we are doing to help transform the automotive industry, including the news of our expanded relationship with BMW. The automaker is growing the capabilities of its BMW Connected services—powered by Microsoft Azure and Office 365—to include Skype for Business, enabling Skype meetings to be available in car. We also recently joined forces with Baidu to expand the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving worldwide. As a member of Baidu’s Apollo alliance, Microsoft will provide global scale for Apollo outside of China with the Microsoft Azure cloud.

We know that transformation in today’s digital era requires advanced technologies to achieve new levels of business value. That is why Microsoft is focused on accelerating Industry 4.0 with innovations such as our new Coco Framework, which advances enterprise adoption of blockchain technology, and our ongoing work to help manufacturers leverage cloud-driven data to gain greater visibility into the supply chain and build long-lasting customer relationships. To enable your teams to work more productively and securely as you transform your organization, we’ve introduced Microsoft 365, a new set of offerings that includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 represents a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address your needs for a modern workplace.

I hope you can join us at Microsoft Envision, September 25-27, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. You will hear from business and technical leaders who are transforming their organizations and revolutionizing the way they compete. Our special manufacturing track allows you to connect with your peers to learn how they have built digital capabilities and seek innovative ideas for business and technology advancements. I am pleased to be leading a panel discussion focused on driving digital transformation in manufacturing with customers including ABB, Dow Chemical and Jabil.

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Sincerely, Sanjay Ravi, Worldwide Managing Director Discrete Manufacturing Industry: Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial, High Tech & Electronics Twitter: @sanrav


Inside Microsoft

Digital transformation in manufacturing

Manufacturing is undergoing breakthrough transformation. That’s one of the major themes explored by Sanjay Ravi at Microsoft’s 4th annual Driving Workforce Enablement through IT Innovation Summit in the Aberdeen. Take a closer look at Sanjay’s presentation on digital transformation in manufacturing and download our eBook: Manufacturing, Reimagined.


Shift and engage: The rise of the connected car

Microsoft’s Rohit Bhargava and Vijitha Chekuri discuss how automotive manufacturers are looking to bring customers’ digital lives into the vehicle.


The secret to staying ahead of the game in manufacturing

In this digital age, when it comes to remaining relevant and progressive, innovation is a key enabler. By analysing information and gaining a better view of how a product is used in the field, manufacturers can make calculated changes to ensure their product doesn’t become redundant.


Microsoft speech recognition tech now as accurate as humans

Microsoft’s research team has created technology that can recognise words in a conversation as well as professional human transcribers. In a conversational speech recognition task called Switchboard, the company’s research team reached a record 5.1% accuracy, a new industry milestone, substantially surpassing the accuracy achieved last year.


Digital transformation keeps manufacturers ahead through quality assurance

With shrinking production cycles, increasing demand for customized products, and a growing skills gap in the workforce, there are many pressures affecting the manufacturing industry. Learn how manufacturing analytics solutions can improve core production and supply chain operations like quality assurance and inventory optimization.


Technologies of tomorrow that disrupt manufacturing sales today

An in-depth look at three transformational technologies that can change and improve the selling experience in manufacturing sales today: IoT, mixed reality, and chatbots.


Security and compliance in Microsoft Azure Stack

Learn more about the security posture of the Azure Stack infrastructure and the work that Microsoft has done to accelerate the compliance certification process and reduce paperwork overhead.


Partner News

How manufacturers are bringing the cloud to the plant floor

A panel of experts from Rockwell Automation discuss how manufacturers are turning to the cloud to achieve their goals and revolutionize processes.


Transforming contracts, the foundation of commerce

Most manufacturers have a limited line-of-sight into contract information across their business and don’t have the insights they need to proactively mitigate against risks. One reason for this is that data remains siloed and inaccessible. The Icertis Contract Management (ICM) platform is built to help manufacturers, faced with digital transformation, solve their hardest contract management problems on the easiest-to-use platform.


Why is having a Quote-to-Cash solution so important today?

In the manufacturing industry, intense competition is squeezing already thin margins, making every customer count. Manufacturers must accelerate sales cycles and improve customer satisfaction to compete for new consumers and earn repeat business. Learn more about the Apttus Quote-to-Cash suite, designed to address modern business pressures and deliver better buying experiences, higher revenues and profitable growth.


COPA-DATA transforms industrial automation with Azure IoT

By powering zenon, its industrial IoT solution, with Microsoft Azure and the capabilities of Azure IoT and Machine Learning, COPA-DATA has not only transformed the nature of its own business, but enabled companies like KHS to create differentiated products and offerings for its customers in an increasingly competitive landscape.


Events and Webcasts

The manufacturer of the future: Insights for Industry 4.0 at Microsoft Envision

September 25-27, 2017, Orlando, FL

Join us for Microsoft Envision, where you will hear from business and technical leaders who are transforming their organizations and revolutionizing the way they compete. Connect with your peers in manufacturing to learn how they have built digital capabilities and seek innovative ideas for business and technology advancements.


New Customer Stories

Microsoft and Johnson Controls reinvent the thermostat

Johnson Controls is changing how spaces are viewed and controlled. As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS. Utilizing Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice services, and Azure Cloud, GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces.

How Hewlett-Packard enhances data analytics with Power BI

HP’s Auto-Replenishment team wanted to develop a platform that would empower employees to gather the information themselves, allowing developers to focus on supporting the company’s technology needs. Building a searchable database using Power BI’s reliable, user-friendly infrastructure provides an engaging resource for both marketing and non-marketing users, transforming employee experiences across the board.


Roadside assistance provider the RAC revolutionizes customer service with IoT

By implementing Microsoft Azure IoT Hub to connect and monitor telematics devices placed in member vehicles, RAC is revolutionizing how it serves its members.


Toyota Indonesia boosts employee productivity and collaboration

Working with Microsoft Services, Toyota Indonesia began revitalizing outdated processes by deploying a digital workplace. Using SharePoint Server and Skype for Business Server, the company and its employees benefit from better file organization, modern collaboration capabilities, improved file security—and freed time to focus on being the best in the industry.